The leading underlying causes of weight issues
There are two categories that people tend to fall into when it comes to a desire to modify their weight, whether that be weight loss or weight gain:
- One, is the more simplistic ‘calories in, calories out’ – our energy taken in, verses energy expended. This concept is based solely on no other contributing factors or metabolic ‘blocks’ affecting the ability for this simply equation to work.
- The second category is those that apply these ‘rules’, modify their calorie load and/or up their exercise without (frustratingly) gaining any results. This category is where underlying causes of weight gain come into great effect.
At The JCN Clinic we consistently see our clients improve their metabolic performance and well-being when concomitantly improving their health. Ironically, it is usually a side effect due to working on their primary health concerns, which were not lead by a desire to shift weight. However, as a result of improving their health the weight changes happen.
As clinical nutritionists who work in this space and appreciated the complexity of these issues, we wanted to offer some guidance on what these underlying reasons are that may be affecting your ability to shift weight. We also are excited to offer our new package with Alexa Tran if this is an area of your health that you would like further guidance and assistance on.
The top 5 underlying reasons of inability to shift weight are:
- Reproductive hormonal imbalances: High levels of oestrogen are commonly seen in both men and women who have difficulty losing weight. Excess amounts can store in fat tissues making it more challenging for the body to metabolise fat. Low levels of progesterone can also adversely contribute to weight changes due to the reciprocal relationship between progesterone and thyroid hormones.
- Thyroid hormonal imbalances and thyroid autoimmune conditions: Thyroid hormones are responsible for cellular metabolism, regulating thermogenesis and helping our body metabolise fats and sugar. An impaired metabolic function due to thyroid dysfunction can impact and change body weight and composition. Weight gain commonly occurs in an under-active thyroid gland and weight loss commonly occurs in an overactive thyroid gland. This is commonly seen amongst many other signs and symptoms associated with complications to the thyroid gland.
- Insulin resistance – insulin is a pancreatic hormone that helps with fat and protein breakdown, converting food to energy for the body to utilise and stabilise blood sugar levels. Recirculating insulin can lead to insulin resistance, which can then affect insulin’s role of taking glucose from our food to our body cells for energy use. High levels of insulin can also trigger excess androgen (male hormones) production by the ovaries, which can lead to polycystic ovaries syndrome with excess adiposity fat being one of the side effects.
- Digestive issues and gut dysbiosis – Imbalances in the gut microbiome such as reduced bacterial diversity and bacterial overgrowth can impact our metabolic pathways and how we metabolise our food. Specific types of bacteria like to feed on sugar or fats making the body crave those particular foods, leading to a greater inability to breakdown those foods and utilise the nutrients as energy. Signs of poor nutrient absorption a long with other digestive concerns can also impact hormone production, which can further lead to impaired metabolic function.
- Stress – Probably one of the most common contributing factors seen in individuals with difficulty shifting weight, whether they are wanting to lose or gain. High levels of cortisol (our stress hormone) releases stored glucose into the blood for us to utilise. However, prolonged cortisol production leading to a dysregulation in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis can cause metabolic issues contributing to body fat accumulation. Overtime, impaired cortisol production can occur which can adversely lower cortisol levels and lead to excessive weight loss. More over, chronic stress can impact many of our other metabolic pathways becoming a vicious cycle to our overall health.
The JCN Holistic Weight Management Package
The JCN Holistic Weight Management Package is a holistic weight management program specifically designed to help you get to the ‘root cause’ of your inability to shift weight, or gain weight. It is fundamentally about helping you reach your body’s ideal set point in a healthy and holistic way. Please note, this package is not designed for assistance related to disordered eating or overeating. For this we recommend bookings with our clinical nutritionist and naturopath Paige Redford.
The package includes:
- 3 x individual consultations with Alexa Tran (one initial 90 minute valued normally valued at $165.00 and two follow ups normally valued at $95.00 each) conducted within the space of 8 weeks.
- Optional Movement Booster: 6 Week Movement Plan with our resident Personal Trainer Michelle Maher (valued at $300) *available nationally, in person within Brisbane, or online inclusive of weekly Skype check in’s and an individualised movement plan.
- Pathology/gut/hormone testing, depending on your individualised needs
$340 for Nutrition only.
$640 for combination of Nutrition and Movement plan.
*testing and supplements are not included in the cost.
To make a booking, simply visit the JCN online booking system here and choose a time suitable for your Initial Consultation with Alexa Tran. Alternately, feel welcome to pop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us here with any questions, or to make a booking via email. This package is available nationally an internationally.
Nutritional consultations are covered by a variety of health funds, so please check with your insurer to see if you are eligible.